From Philly’s Love Me Do Photography: 4 Tips for How to Get the Most Out of Your Engagement Session

Photo by Love Me Do Photography

Photo by Love Me Do Photography

We’ve been fans of the talented ladies over at Love Me Do Photography for quite a few years now, and have very much enjoyed both featuring their work in the Real Wedding section of the magazine, in our Picture of the Week posts, and gazing at their pretty blog when in need of a little inspiration (or, you know, procrastination that just also happens to be super pretty and work-related).

This week, Carina and Amanda and their team posted what we found to be a super helpful guide to getting the most out of your engagement shoot, and so we’re sharing their advice here. It seems to us that often, couples sign on for engagement sessions either because their moms want the photos, or it simply comes with the package they’ve purchased from their wedding photographer … but it really can be a great way for the two of you to get to know your photographer before he or she is connected to your hip for ten hours on your wedding day—and to loosen up in front of the camera! Most of us aren’t used to having a lens trained on us for so long, and an engagement shoot can break that ice.

So, before you plan yours, take a look at these tips. We have a feeling you’ll end up loving your engagement photos as much as the ones from your wedding day.

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5 Favorite Things With CinemaCake Wedding Filmmaker Dave Williams

CinemaCake's Dave Williams. Photo by Sarah DiCicco.

CinemaCake’s Dave Williams. Photo by Sarah DiCicco.

Cinematographer Dave Williams shot a colleague’s wedding back in 2001 when he was a pharma sales rep and videography was just a hobby (born from skills he developed while shooting with his dad’s Super8 while growing up)—and when that turned into 10 more weddings, he completely changed careers and ended up as we know him today: as the owner, along with his wife Sheryl, of Philly’s CinemaCake Filmmakers.

Known for putting together reels that are truly short films (as opposed to the sometimes cringe-worthy stereotype of a “wedding video” you might think of) and capture everything from a couple’s actual wedding day to their “Love Story,” as the Williams call it, Dave has certainly put his stamp on the Philly wedding industry. This week, we caught up with him to see what a few of his favorite things are right now.

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This Fun New Web Tool Creates Your Wedding Hashtag For You!

Let WeddingWire's hashtag generator figure out what your wedding hashtag should be.

Let WeddingWire’s hashtag generator figure out what your wedding hashtag should be.

We have many times here lauded the benefits of creating a wedding hashtag, so that if you are indeed encouraging your guests to post photos to social media (particularly Instagram) from your wedding and wedding events, you’re able to see them all in one little happy organized place.

It’s the easiest tool ever, yes—to use—but coming up with the right hashtag is another story. You want it to be clear and functional and never used before, but also cute, clever, and ideally, funny, and this can result in millions of brainstorm texts with friends, hours of throwing duds out there, and many glasses of wine. (Er, or, so I’ve heard. )

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